Minutes June 2017

Wanstrow Parish Council Minutes Held on
Monday 8th June 2017

Present:      Michael Gay, Sam Ingram, (Chairman), Joe Cole, Wayne Mckeown, Roger Masters, and Geoff Andrews (Clerk). Also, Margaret Bartram, Stephen Baily, Malcolm Maxwell, Geoff Robinson, Neil Gait and Ali Gait as members of the public.

  1. Chairman’s Announcements.  The chairman identified emergency exit and equipment.
  1. Public Access: Planning 2017/1228 /HSE. Margaret Bartram told the council that she needed to extend her property at Cloford for family reasons. Geoff Robinson, her nearest neighbour informed the council that he had no objection to the planning, and he was supported in this by Malcolm Maxwell who also lives in the village.

      Planning 2017/1215HSE. Neil Gait told the council of the plans to build a double garage and store at Oakleaze. His immediate neighbours had no objections to the planning. A bank would be raised to shelter the building partially from the adjoining road.

  1. Apologies for absence. Richard Pelham and Claire Knight.
  1. Interests and Dispensations

4-1       Disclosures of Interests. Wayne McKeown and Sam Ingram disclosed interest in item 6-6.

4-2       Dispensations. There were no requests for dispensation

  1. Minutes

5-1       Minutes of the previous meeting:  It was agreed that the minutes of the previous meeting represented an accurate record.  Proposed by Joe Cole and seconded by Wayne McKeown. The Sam Ingram signed them.

5-2       Matters arising: There were no matters arising.

   6-      Planning

6-1       2017/1228/ HSE. Rear extension at Ivy Cottage Cloford. The Parish Council recommended refusal of the application as the balcony was intrusive on the immediate neighbour’s property and the solid wood privacy fence would make the whole plan very overbearing.

6-2       2017/1215/HSE Garage and store at Oakleaze. The Parish Council recommended acceptance of this application.

6-3       2107/1152/ FUL Conversion of outbuilding to holiday let at the Bear Holwell. The Parish Council recommended acceptance of this application as long as the conversion was for holiday let only.

6-4       Hunter’s Lodge.  It was noted that the holiday lets at Hunter’s Lodge were being advertised as permanent lettings on several websites. The Clerk would notify the enforcement officer at Mendip District Council and ask him to look into this matter.

6-5       Torr Quarry Spoil Heaps. Joe Coe was meeting with AI again over this matter. The council agreed that if no positive action was taken by AI then the council would contact the enforcement officer at SCC.

6-6       2017/1506/CNT. Torr Quarry.  Wayne McKeown and Sam Ingram left the room and Roger Masters took the chair. The council recommended acceptance of this application but again expressed concern over the issue of spoil heaps.

6-7       Trees on verge at Cloford opposite Ivy Cottages. The council did not think this was an issue for the council.

6-8       Asset registering. All the documents were discussed and accepted by the Council. The clerk would send these to MDC. Joe Cole asked if the village green should also be listed as an asset.

7-         Finances

7-1 Payments: Payments were made to: Geoff Andrews for APM expenses; Kevin gale for grass cutting; Alex Cochrane for IT services; Mendip Community transport; The village hall as a grant for maintenance of the village green.

7-2       Receipts: The Precept of £5000 and Distgen community fund of £4,491.19 were noted.

7-3       May 2017 Bank reconciliation was discussed and approved. A copy will be attached to the minutes of the meeting. There was £36,729.82 in the accounts of which £19,616.97 was community funds.

8-         Highways (including R’s of W) and maintenance

8-1       A359 Update. Phase 1 was at last underway and the council were looking forward to its completion.

8-2       SID. Training for the use of the SID was taking place on July1st. 50% of the cost to be paid by SCC. Five people would be trained. There was the possibility of purchasing a SID along with Bruton and Wincanton councils to obtain a better price.

8-3       Loss of tarmac at bottom of Bridge Hill was noted. Clerk to inform Charlie Higgins.

8-4       Knoll Lane restoration was discussed. Joe Cole would ask AI if they might assist with some free scalpings. Clerk to liaise with Ginny Jones.

8-5        Maintenance. As above.

  1. Village Hall and Recreation Field 

9-1       Village Hall Report. 

        Michael Gay reported that the village hall committee had agreed to increase the number of trustees from 7 to 9. He would also make enquiries about the repairs which had been done to the goalposts which were inadequate.

  1. Correspondence

            10-1. Kiln Close would be the name of the new development at rear of Lilac Cottage.

Other Business

11-1.     PCSO noted

11-2      Community spending paper was noted.

11-3      Parish Plan to be updated.

11-4      Governance statements were noted.

11-5      Speeding farm contractors. Item raised at APM. It was suggested that individuals contact the farmers and police.

11-6      Sam Ingram agreed to do agenda for July meeting.

11-7      Michael Gay had been looking at funding for the community bus. However, Wanstrow. Witham and Frome should be able to fund the bus. He also reported that MC Transport had billing problems and the next invoice for May will be only about £30.The council decided to fund the bus for July and August. In August, a decision would be made on the future of the bus.

11-8      Michael Gay reported that he had written to the garage rep.at Aster but as yet he had had no reply. He would chase this up and also get back in touch with David Warburton now that he had been re-elected.

  1. Proposal for future business

12-1     To elect chairman for the next meeting. Sam Ingram agreed to continue as Chairman for the next meeting.

  1. Date of next meeting.   The meeting closed at 9.35 pm.  The next meeting will be held in the village hall at 7.45 pm on 10th.

Signed Chairman

Dated:  10th July 2017.